Originally Posted by reserve
The "proletariat" can't tell the difference between department store dress shoes and Salvatore Ferragamo...but you won't catch me in the cheap department store pair. Some choices in life are only for you, and if the paint makes you happy, go for it.
Otherwise, $10k does buy a few pairs of Salvatore Ferragamo
I think there is a difference between department store and whatever that Salvatore shoe brand is... Guess I'm not rich enough to know that. :P
At a certain point I think that value is more to do with simple status and reputation in stead quality, function or appearance.
Take wine for example, a $10 bottle is worse than a $45 bottle, but once you get up $120, $150 bottles, are those ones worse than a $175 bottle? I'm not so sure. Depends on your own taste, the age, and reputation, but its not necessarily better or worse.